JASPER, ALBERTA – Canada – A turn-of-the-century railroad town and resort area, the town of Jasper is situated along the Athabasca River within sight of four mountain ranges. Jasper is located inside Jasper National Park, which spans 11,228 square kilometers (4335 square miles) of majestic mountains, glaciers, broad valleys, alpine meadows, and lakes, making it the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.
-There are more than 1200 kilometers (660 miles) of hiking trails within Jasper National Park.
-Jasper is connected to Banff National Park via the Icefields Parkway, which is largely regarded as one of the most scenic drives in the world.
-Jasper National Park is one of the best places in Canada to view wildlife, with large numbers of elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and a full range of carnivores, including mountain lions, wolves, wolverines and grizzly bears calling the park home. The park is also contains the last fully protected range in the Rocky Mountains for caribou — Maligne herd.
-The park is home to the highest mountain in Alberta — Mt. Columbia, which stands at 3747 meters.
-The Athabasca, the most accessible glacier in North America, is also found within the park.
-Jasper National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
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